Todd and Kenn welcome Kyle from the Red Team for this episode discussing Michael Crichton’s classic, Jurassic Park. Is John Hammond evil? What is Crichton’s view of scientific ethics? Does Kenn dream of dinosaurs punching each other? Only one way to find out…

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  1. colleenb Member
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    Enjoyed this discussion. I think I did actually read the book before seeing the movie. As usual, the book is almost always better because its’s a book. Thanks for the (now long ago!) memories.

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  2. Taras Coolidge
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    Michael Crichton didn’t drop out of medical school.  He received an MD from Harvard in 1969.

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  3. Taras Coolidge
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    Somebody pointed out that Jurassic Park is not really a cautionary tale about genetic engineering or chaos theory.  It’s actually about bad zookeeping.

    This is why the universal reaction to the movie was, “Cool!  How can we do this?”

    When I finally read Jurassic Park, I was surprised to discover that Crichton’s most famous novel may also be his worst.  I speculate he knew early on that the book was being sold to the movies, so he filled it with as many scary scenes of humans being chased by dinosaurs as he could possibly fit, sans rhyme or reason.  “Let’s all go inside the dark cave filled with carnivorous dinosaurs!”

    Perhaps the choicest moment is when, midway through the book, park employees go back to their normal routines, instead of launching search parties for the owner’s grandchildren, lost somewhere in the crippled park along with two (count ‘em) Tyrannosaurs.

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  4. Arahant Member
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    Good show. I enjoyed it more than the book, which I did enjoy. Crichton did tend to get a bit preachy, and with his mathematician character in this book. He was not the most subtle of novelists.

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